Stanford Art Spaces
May 26, 2011 to July 23, 2011, Stanford Art Spaces features this exhibit:

Mark McAfee Brown
Digital Art
Gabe Sheen
Photography
Haiying Wang
Painting

Generator © 2011 Mark McAfee Brown

Coleous Line © 2011 Mark McAfee Brown

Violinist © 2011 Gabe Sheen

Long © 2011 Haiying Wang


This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus, primarily in the Paul G. Allen building (C.I.S.). The building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the reception desk.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists.
For information: contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or - or contact DeWitt Cheng, Associate Curator, at

Mark McAfee Brown
 
Language of the Leaves © 2011 Mark McAfee Brown
 
Dancing with the Stars © 2011 Mark McAfee Brown

“Leaf Lines” and “Nightblooms” are two series of digital artworks by Mark McAfeeBrown. “Leaf Lines” creates a dynamic negative space by the visual interplay of the color, texture and shape of individual leaves against a solid or textured background. The images are calligraphic, with a visual vibrancy and intensity created by the figure/ground relationship of the leaves and their background. “Nightblooms” explores the space in which Nature and Technology collide, merge, marry and multiply. More akin to paintings than photographs, these are conceptual artworks in which Brown re-imagines, re-assembles and re-images the natural world, into a new visual world order of Nature unnatural, familiar yet unknown. The images are concerned much more with form, shape, allegory, visual and anthropomorphic relationships, composition and the emotional range of color than they are with flowers in a botanical sense, although without flowers none of them ever would have been made.

Both series were produced using a high resolution scanner rather than a camera, with leaves and flowers placed on top of the scanner and the lid left open. The images are composited in Photoshop, which is also used to alter colors, saturation, brightness, contrast, texture, sharpness, clarity, obscurity and almost anything else. Final printing is on a high resolution, eight color archival photo printer, up to very large sizes without loss of resolution.


For more art by Mark McAfee Brown, click here.




Gabe Sheen
 
Guitar Player #1 © 2011 Gabe Sheen

Since arriving in San Francisco in 2007, Gabe Sheen has taken pictures of street musicians, performers, and entertainers. In the beginning, he had no specific purpose in mind. Taking these images one by one, however, he found a common thread among these street musicians. Although they all have different talents and backgrounds that contribute to their street performances, they have simple dreams of a basic recognition of their skills, and a little compensation to meet their daily needs. Sheen reflects on the fact that “I need what they need as an artist. When I photograph them, I feel like we work together; they play music and I take pictures. It was not always possible, but I tried to talk with them in between their performances.”

The exaggerated blurriness of Sheen’s camerawork in this series demonstrates his affinity for the performers’ loneliness and humble souls, which he attempts to envelop in his art like a warm blanket. “I seldom see many of them again in the streets, but I hope I can share these fleeting moments of joy and the dreams of street musicians with many viewers.”


For more art by Gabe Sheen, click here.




Haiying Wang
 
Dream © 2011 Haiying Wang

Haiying Wang graduated from Shanghai Arts and Crafts College, and immigrated to California in 1991. Her paintings have been exhibited in various cities in the United States. Many of them have won awards and have been collected by art lovers. Ms. Wang's creations in recent years have concentrated on flowers, particularly on exploring the beauty of the iris. Her paintings are the results of her emotions and their sensational dialogues with flowers. The merging of these two ingredients, in terms of art characteristics, gives her a very solid grounding in realism - grasping a flower’s every detail, texture and color. Ms. Wang's flowers not only exude the vitality of the physical realm, but because of the influence of Chinese painting, they also weave "spiritual vitality" into the painting - a wonderful combination that naturally produces amazing artistic effects.


For more art by Haiying Wang, click here.



Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
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